- $13 for $20 worth of Polaroid pictures
Customers bring in photos stored on their phones, cameras, or online (Facebook, Instagram, Flickr); the pictures are then transformed into real Polaroid pictures on a 1.2-millimeter thick, unbendable, silky mat board that comes in several sizes. Learn more about the process.
"Don't undertake a project unless it's manifestly important and nearly impossible."
That's a quote from photography pioneer Edwin H. Land, who founded Polaroid in 1937 on the forefront of shutterbug innovation. In the 1970s, his project precisely fit that bill; he wanted consumers to be able to instantly snap their own photos with a device about the size of a wallet. His Polaroid cameras brought the dream close to fruition, and with the advent of today's even tinier cameras and smartphones, the era of the personal photo has fully arrived. People take 380 billion photos each year now, of which about 127 billion are uploaded to Facebook. Quite simply,everyone is a photographer.
Founded in 2012, Polaroid Fotobars have embraced this sea of change in the digital age. Rather than focusing on the company's iconic analog cameras, the fun and experiential shops pursue a new mission: helping people transform their digital photos into beautiful, physical objects. The starting point? A Facebook or Instagram shot or a picture on a smartphone or a digital camera. From there, the team helps clients create several sizes of white-bordered, Polaroid-style snapshots (printable in minutes), beautifully matted and framed wall art (shipped to your doorstep within 72 hours).